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Pattaya Daily News

10 March 2006 :: 21:03:35 pm 5760

PATTAYA CARNIVAL – 2006, Bigger And Better Ones In Future Years

Pattaya City pulled out all the stops to present the most colourful, and possibly one of the biggest parades for the year, which nicely filled the gap in the February – March events Calendar.
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          They planned for 40 floats, marching groups, bands, and participation by Pattaya-based clubs of all kinds, with an emphasis on foreign expert participation. The parade also included groups with decorated cars, fancy dress costumes, those with body paint, motorbikes, and anything else that the public wished to enter. Arrangements were in place for TGN and Army Channel 5 TV broadcast the new “Pattaya Carnival” live, throughout Thailand, and also to 158 countries around the world.

          Sunday was the last day, and saw the final judging of many events, including “Miss Pattaya Carnival 2006” The response was so overwhelming that the parade was two hours late getting started, but nobody minded this hiccup, and led by three mighty leviathans (elephants), it finally started along Pattaya’s famous Beach Road at 6 pm in the evening. When the parade reached the new Bali Hai Pier, the official opening was followed by a stunning display of 260 fireworks, including one string, which was 60 metres in length.

          Well known entertainers such as Edora, Dao Mayuri, Peace Maker, Fahrenheit, and Apaporn Nakhorn,and many others were presented by the well known host of the “Good Luck” game show. There were hundreds of local business and private organizations who actively contributed to the success of this historic inaugural event, and Local business enterprises such as the “Alcazar Show” were unstinting in their generous support. Other major sponsors included Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Alangkarn, the Tiffany Show, the Marriot Resort & Spa, and Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.

          City Hall and the Sponsors spared no expense in making this first Carnival a success, with the best fancy dressed person in the opening parade receiving 100,000 baht, the best float getting 50,000 baht, and the person with the best body paint, being lucky enough to win 10,000 baht.

          Saturday along Beach Road saw the “Sand Castle” competition, with the winner receiving 10,000 baht; (a great prize for just playing in the sand). The theme was “Fun and Games by the Sea at Pattaya’s 2006 Carnival,” and it was certainly all of these things – during 24-27 February, 2006, the beach-side area was resplendent in bright colours, pomp and pageantry associated with carnivals in other places around the world, and it was something that whole families thoroughly enjoyed.

          Visiting tourists were particularly impressed, even though they did not realize that it was Pattaya’s first ever “full-on” holiday resort carnival. They were all impressed by the wide range of activities and services, plus the array of entertainment, which was available at the Bali Hai Pier area, as the focus point for the Carnival. After the new beginnings for this great carnival concept, we are all hoping to see this become a regular event on the Pattaya Calendar, and fill the void between the January New Year celebrations and the March “Grand Pattaya International Music Festival”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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